Wrist sensor applicator

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Wearable sensor technology, particularly inertial measurement sensors are used in various motion analysis including applications in sport, medicine, and rehabilitation of patients after stroke. We are interested in deriving biomarkers to evaluate the patient’s recovery trend, motion performance and level of activity. See also our research projects about biosystems modelling for stroke rehabilitation here here and here.

However, how would a hemiparetic stroke patient mount a wearable sensor, i.e. a wrist-band? In this research we investigate how ubiquitous technology could be used to support patients mounting wearable sensors. Hence, in this interdisciplinary research project we aim to investigate how sensor and actors, 3D-printing technology and human-computer-interaction (HCI) could be merged to build an interactive sensor applicator.


With this research, we aim to build a wrist sensor applicator which could support patients to attach and detach wrist-worn motion sensors to derive behavioural information in free-living.

The figures illustrte our first prototype of the sensor applicator. We base our vision to a ingenious inventor portrayed in recent action movies (left). The figure further illustrates the project-progress, starting with a sketch and continuing with meachnical CAD-designs and 3D-printed parts.

Work with us

We offer interesting challenges for students interested in working with HCI, sensors/actors, electro-machnical engineering, software programming and 3D-printing technology.


Adrian Derungs

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg